Remember the Tulsa 'Black Wall Street' Massacre Through Its Last Known Survivor

Colorlines Screenshot of Olivia Hooker, taken from Facebook on June 1, 2018.

Colorlines Screenshot of Olivia Hooker, taken from Facebook on June 1, 2018.

Yesterday (May 31) marked 97 years since White mobs and privately commissioned bomber planes burned Tulsa’s “Black Wall Street“ area to the ground and killed hundreds of its Black residents. Olivia Hooker, now 103 years old, may be the last living link to the destruction of the Greenwood neighborhood. 

“My name is Olivia J. Hooker, and I may be the last survivor of the catastrophe in Tulsa,” she affirmed in an episode of “Radio Diaries” that NPR Code Switch published yesterday.

Hooker related the horror of the attack on Greenwood, one of the wealthiest Black neighborhoods of the early 20th century. She was 6 when White men carrying “big pine torches” ransacked her family’s home as she and her siblings hid under a table. . .

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